If I couldn’t get Ball or Edwards, I’d look at Avdija or Killian Hayes. If they can’t deal the pick for 1st round picks in 21, 22 or 23, then I think go for the guys with the highest upside in the draft. This is a weak draft as is so swing for the fences and hope for the best at this point. Worst case is the players don’t pan out and they are still bad in 21, 22 and 23, which should all be much deeper and have much more star power in those classes. Guys like Lamelo and Ant Man have serious Boom or Bust potential. I could see both becoming bonafide stars. I think Melo at worst is a backup PG who can really create for others. That’s why I’d prefer him I guess. I really disliked how he played in the past and the circus surrounding him but if you really watch him In the NBL this year he just looks like someone that could become a superstar. Crazy handles, creativity and length at the point of attack. If he actually tries to play defense he could be solid there as well with his length. People forget he’s still only 18. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft. He was supposed to be a senior in high school this year.
Ant Man is so explosive and he’s a better shooter than his numbers indicate. His shot looks really smooth off the catch or dribble. He was just on an atrocious team where he could do whatever he wanted. From what I’ve heard about him he’s an unbelievable kid and teammate. One of my friends was a manager at Georgia the year before this year and Ant Man was around a ton being recruited. He said he was the nicest, most humble guy in his own circle and that includes his handlers and friends. Always signed kids autographs and took pictures and when his people left stuff laying around at places he was the one to pick their stuff up and apologize for them being lazy or careless. Talked to anyone and was always smiling.
I don’t like the Wiseman idea as much because there’s still questions about his work ethic and actual love for the game. He’s got upside like Ball and Edwards but I think he’s the highest of the 3 to bust. I wouldn’t hate the pick though.
If I couldn’t get one of those 3 or Killian Hayes im not sure I’d want to pick in this draft. I think Anthony will be a longtime NBA guy but idk how good he’s really going to be.
I agree with @swinawer about Isaac Okoro at Auburn. He’d be intriguing as well if they fall to the 5th pick or a little later than that. He’s an elite defender. Similar to Matthews was as a junior and senior and he was only an 18 year old freshman. He does all the little things to help teams win. But I think that’s exactly what he is. It’s hard to know if he will succeed on a bad team because I don’t think he has the game to be a focal point offensively. He needs to play off people and slash or catch lobs. He’s not a good shooter at all and hasn’t been ever. I watched him several times in high school and AAU. But he’s got a pretty high floor because he can always hang his hat on his defense.